Blended Learning

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Full CourseLocationPrice
RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical HorticultureHome£906.00
Course ModulesPrice
(BL) online course L2£276.00
(BL) Registration and Assessments L2: instalment (1 of 4 payments)£162.00
(BL) Registration & Assessments L2 (complete)£630.00

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A level 2 qualification from the RHS can be the first step in changing to a career in horticulture. This Certificate is an accepted route into the horticultural profession for National Trust and many other employers,  demonstrating practical ability in a wide range of basic horticultural skills. 

This is also an ideal course for keen gardeners who want a hands-on course on how to carry out gardening techniques efficiently, and experienced gardeners who may already be working in the industry but want to have their abilities recognised with a qualification. 

It takes you through basic horticultural work, from digging and using your tools effectively to pruning, planting, sowing seeds and many other types of propagation.  

Note: This course is also available as weekly (ftf) options.

What will I study?

You will study seven units, which make together make up this certificate: these are:

  • Soil testing
  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, disorders and beneficial organisms
  • Sustainable garden practice

What is covered?

 Click here for the RHS Level 2 Syllabus which provides you with a complete overview of the course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

Blended learning is a combination of distance learning, practical teaching and assessment. This method of study offers learners the opportunity to study RHS practical courses from their own home and come to our Ryton Centre for assessment. 

You will be shown in your online classroom how to carry out a range of practical horticultural tasks, which you should study and practise before you come in for an assessment day; then you will have the chance to go through them again at our Centre before you are assessed against RHS standards. 

Assessment tasks are divided seasonally between 6 assessment Saturdays each year at the Ryton Centre:  You need to attend 6 consecutive assessments to cover all units, but you can start at any point in the cycle and continue until the assessments are completed. If you miss a session you will have to attend the equivalent next year.

Each session involves plant identification tests, and completion of some proformas – your online tutor can give you help and support in preparing for these. 

The formal assessments are carried out in compliance with the awarding body's requirements.

What qualification will I get?

When you have completed all the assessments and proformas and your tutor considers you have reached a pass standard, we will apply to the Royal Horticultural Society for your Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

If you combine this with the two theory Certificates, the RHS will award you a Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Stage 1: Mandatory online course and tutor support: tuition fees £230 plus VAT @20% is £276

Stage 2: Registration* and Assessment fees consist of tuition and testing over 6 days £406.00, RHS registration fees £119.00, total payable £525 plus VAT @ 20% is £630.00. 

This can be paid in four instalments of £162.00, which includes an administration fee of £18.00.

Courses will take place at the Ryton Centre

Assessment dates for 2019-20: 24 August, 26 October, 14 December; 15 February, 25 April, 11 July, 29 August, 24 October, 19 December 2020.

*We do not register you with the RHS until you begin your assessments

What is the enrolment process?

Complete the enrolment form for the online part of the course by clicking the green 'Enrol for this Course' button above. When you are ready to begin your assessments, notify us and use the online enrolment form to pay for your registration and assessment. You can also pay for the complete course in one transaction if you prefer.

What else do I need to know?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.  
It is most suitable for experienced home gardeners, or anyone in the industry looking to validate their knowledge with a qualification but unable to attend a weekly course.
This course format is not suitable for complete beginners or for anyone without access to a garden or allotment, because it requires a high level of preparation and practice at home or work, using the online videos, powerpoints and step-by-step notes for the tasks making up the RHS qualification.

If you do not have any gardening experience or a place to garden, the Consolidated Programme or a weekly (ftf) class may be the right option for you - see the course tabs below.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study the two theory Certificates, The RHS Level 2 Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development and the Level 2 Certificate in Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance, and work towards the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.  Both of these Certificates can be studied as distance learning. 

An RHS Level 2 qualification is well respected in the horticultural industry and can be the first step in changing to a career in horticulture. It is an accepted route into the horticultural profession for National Trust and many other employers.

Or if you prefer to continue with more practical work rather than take examinations, you can progress with blended learning to the RHS Level 3 Practical Certificate (click on the tab below) and develop your horticultural skills to a professional level.

We also offer you the opportunity to pursue an interest in a garden design with our DIY Garden Design Course (click on the tab below)